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S e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 5 I ssue No. 316 S e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 5 Issue No. 316 D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 9 I s s u e N o . 3 6 6 A LL WELCOME TO THE FEAST DAY MASS OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE THE HOLY CHILD AND ST JOSEPH SHRINE OF THE MIRACULOUS RELIC IMAGE B RERETON ROAD BEDFORD MK40 1HU 12 DECEMBER 2019 7.30PM P RINCIPAL CELEBRANT: THE MOST REVEREND KEVIN MCDONALD ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS OF SOUTHWARK REFRESHMENTS TO FOLLOW AT ST FRANCES CABRINI HALL ‘AM I NOT HERE YOUR MOTHER? OUR LADY’S WORDS TO JUAN DIEGO 1531—MEXICO www.relicourladyofguadalupe.co.uk R O S A R Y L I N K I N C O R B Y p a g e 7 T O W A R D S H E A L I N G A N D R E C O N C I L I A T I O N A M a s s f o r v i c t i m s a n d s u r v i v o r s o f a b u s e t o o k p l a c e r e c e n t l y i n S t M a r y ’ s C a t h o l i c C h u r c h , W o b u r n S a n d s . T h e M a s s i s p a r t o f a n i n i t i a t i v e f r o m o u r D i o c e s a n s a f e g u a r d i n g o f f i c e a i m e d a t b u i l d i n g c l o s e r r e l a t i o n s h i p s w i t h t h o s e w h o h a v e s u f f e r e d f r o m a b u s e o r t h o s e w h o a r e c l o s e t o t h e m . V o l u n t e e r y o u t h m i n i s t e r s g a t h e r e d f o r a f i n a l t i m e o f p r e p a r a t i o n a n d d e v e l o p m e n t p r i o r t o w e l c o m i n g y o u n g p e o p l e t o a b r a n d ­ n e w y o u t h g r o u p f o r t h e S t B a r n a b a s c l u s t e r o f p a r i s h e s . T h e y w e r e j o i n e d b y F r s B r e n d a n S e e r y a n d P i u s A m a o k o . O u r D i o c e s a n y o u t h o f f i c e , N Y M O l e d t h e d a y w i t h a f o c u s o n a c c o m p a n i m e n t a n d s u s t a i n a b i l i t y . N E W V O C A T I O N S D I R E C T O R p a g e 6 S C H O O L R E L E A D S I N R O M E p a g e 5

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P a g e 2 T h e V i n e D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 9 G e t t i n g i n t o p r i n t S e n d n e w s r e p o r t s , p h o t o s a n d o t h e r m a t e r i a l t o t h e D i o c e s a n C o m m u n i c a t i o n s M a n a g e r a n d e d i t o r N e i l R o s e m a n e m a i l ­ c o m m u n i c a t i o n s @ n o r t h a m p t o n d i o c e s e . c o m . W e p r o m i s e t o p r i n t y o u r n e w s a s s o o n a s w e c a n f i n d s p a c e f o r i t . M a t e r i a l s h o u l d b e e m a i l e d w h e n e v e r p o s s i b l e . S e n d p h o t o g r a p h s i n j p g f o r m a t , a s s e p a r a t e a t t a c h m e n t s , a n d n o t e m b e d d e d i n W o r d d o c u m e n t s . A l l i t e m s s h o u l d r e a c h u s b y t h e f i r s t S u n d a y o f t h e m o n t h b e f o r e p u b l i c a t i o n . P a r e n t a l p e r m i s s i o n m u s t b e s o u g h t b e f o r e p h o t o g r a p h s o f c h i l d r e n a r e s e n t f o r p u b l i c a t i o n . W h i l e w e a c c e p t u n s o l i c i t e d f e a t u r e a r t i c l e s , w e r e s e r v e t h e r i g h t t o e d i t t h e t e x t o r n o t t o p u b l i s h . L e t t e r s f o r p u b l i c a t i o n m u s t i n c l u d e a n a m e a n d e m a i l a d d r e s s , w h i c h w i l l b e o m i t t e d o n r e q u e s t . T h e c o n t e n t o f e a c h i s s u e i s d e c i d e d b y t h e e d i t o r . V i e w s e x p r e s s e d i n T h e V i n e a r e n o t n e c e s s a r i l y t h o s e o f t h e e d i t o r o r o f t h e d i o c e s e . T h e p u b l i s h e r o f T h e V i n e d e a l s w i t h a l l a d v e r t i s i n g . T o p l a c e a n a d v e r t r i n g o 1 4 4 0 ­ 7 3 0 3 9 9 . F o r d i f f i c u l t i e s w i t h d i s t r i b u t i o n c o n t a c t t h e e d i t o r . P u b l i s h e r : B e l l c o u r t L t d , N 2 B l o i s M e a d o w B u s i n e s s C e n t r e , S t e e p l e B u m p s t e a d , H a v e r h i l l , S u f f o l k , C B 9 7 B N T e l e p h o n e : 0 2 0 7 1 1 2 6 7 1 0 2 0 1 9 D E C E M B E R 2 n d R o s a r y L i n k a t O u r L a d y o f P e r p e t u a l S u c c o u r , G r e a t B i l l i n g C o n t a c t D o n n a 0 7 9 4 0 2 2 8 2 2 7 3 r d R o s a r y L i n k a t H o l y C r o s s , B e d f o r d 4 t h A d v e n t T a l k b y M g r K e v i n M c G i n n e l l h i g h l i g h t i n g t h e i m p o r t a n c e o f t h e y e a r o f t h e W o r d a t N o r t h a m p t o n C a t h e d r a l 5 t h R o s a r y L i n k a t S t A n d r e w s , C i p p e n h a m 6 t h R o s a r y L i n k a t S t T h o m a s A q u i n a s , B l e t c h l e y 7 t h D i o c e s a n P a t r o n a l F e a s t o f O u r L a d y I m m a c u l a t e a t N o r t h a m p t o n C a t h e d r a l 7 t h V i s i t a t i o n o f t h e N a t i o n a l P i l g r i m S t a t u e o f O u r L a d y o f F a t i m a t o S t P h i l l i p a n d S t J a m e s , B e d f o r d 1 0 t h B B C R a d i o N o r t h a m p t o n C h r i s t m a s C a r o l S e r v i c e a t N o r t h a m p t o n C a t h e d r a l 1 2 t h T r e e o f L o v e S e r v i c e a t N o r t h a m p t o n C a t h e d r a l , 7 . 0 0 p m 1 4 t h R o s a r y L i n k a t O u r L a d y o f t h e S a c r e d H e a r t , W ’ b o r o 1 7 t h T r e e o f L o v e S e r v i c e a t N o r t h a m p t o n C a t h e d r a l , 7 . 0 0 p m 2 0 2 0 J A N U A R Y 2 5 t h Y o u n g A d u l t s B r u n c h a t t h e R E C e n t r e i n L u t o n , L U 4 8 J D C o n t a c t f i o n a @ n y m o . o r g 3 1 s t – 2 n d F e b L U X r e s i d e n t i a l w e e k e n d f o r y o u n g C a t h o l i c s o f s e c o n d a r y s c h o o l a g e . C o n t a c t f i o n a @ n y m o . o r g P l e a s e e m a i l c o m m u n i c a t i o n s @ n o r t h a m p t o n d i o c e s e . c o m t o i n c l u d e d a t e s f r o m y o u r l o c a l a r e a U P C O M I N G D I A R Y D A T E S F R O M A C R O S S O U R D I O C E S E O n t h e 8 t h D e c e m b e r a t 1 1 . 0 0 a m N o r t h a m p t o n C a t h e d r a l w i l l h o s t t h e p a t r o n a l M a s s o f O u r l a d y I m m a c u l a t e . T h e m a n y t i t l e s o f M a r y s h e d l i g h t o n t o d i f f e r e n t a s p e c t s o f o u r M o t h e r a n d ‘ I m m a c u l a t e ’ i s n o d i f f e r e n t . T h e s o l e m n i t y o f t h e I m m a c u l a t e C o n c e p t i o n r e m i n d s u s t h a t M a r y , i n p r e p a r a t i o n f o r b e i n g t h e M o t h e r o f J e s u s w a s p r e s e r v e d f r o m o r i g i n a l s i n f r o m t h e m o m e n t o f c o n c e p t i o n . O u r L a d y I m m a c u l a t e w a s c h o s e n a s a p a t r o n f o r o u r C a t h e d r a l b e c a u s e i t w a s a t i t l e o f f i c i a l l y r e c o g n i s e d b y P o p e P i u s I X i n 1 8 5 4 o n l y a f e w y e a r s a f t e r t h e e s t a b l i s h m e n t o f o u r D i o c e s e o f N o r t h a m p t o n i n 1 8 5 0 . T h e M a s s w i l l b e l i v e s t r e a m e d f r o m o u r C a t h e d r a l a n d c a n b e v i e w e d o n o u r d i o c e s a n w e b s i t e . O U R P A T R O N A L F E A S T D A Y

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P a g e 3 T h e V i n e D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 9 T H O R N T O N C O L L E G E E X I S T S T O P R O V I D E Q U A L I T Y E D U C A T I O N . R E G I S T E R E D C H A R I T Y N O . 2 4 7 3 5 8 A CADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND SMALL CLASS SIZES WHERE E E V VE E R R Y Y GIRL MATTERS We run Meet the Head coffee and Open House mornings throughout the year so please look at our website for further details. To book a personal visit please contact Claire Ballantyne via email admissions@thorntoncollege.com or on 01280 820410. All are welcome. WHOLE SCHOOL OPEN MORNING SATURDAY 7th MARCH 2020, 10.00am ­ 12.00 noon THE ONLY LEADING INDEPENDENT CATHOLIC GIRLS’ DAY & BOARDING SCHOOL IN THE AREA NURSERY † PRE­PREP † PREP † SENIOR † SIXTH FORM For girls aged 4 to 18 with co­educational nursery. THORNTON, MILTON KEYNES, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, MK17 0HJ H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y F R . W I L L I E ! F r . W i l l i e S t r a i n ( r e t i r e d P P o f H i g h W y c o m b e ) r e c e n t l y c e l e b r a t e d h i s 8 0 t h B i r t h d a y i n h i s h o m e p a r i s h o f K i l m a c r e n a n , C o . D o n e g a l , I r e l a n d . A s u r p r i s e p a r t y a n d c u t t i n g o f t h e c a k e w a s h e l d i n t h e p a r i s h C h u r c h o f S t . C o l u m b a w i t h r e f r e s h m e n t s a f t e r w a r d s i n t h e l o c a l s c h o o l h a l l . F r . W i l l i e r e t i r e d t o h i s h o m e h e r e i n K i l m a c r e n a n w i t h h i s s i s t e r M a u r a a n d d e c e a s e d s i s t e r P h i l o m e n a . M a n y p a r i s h i o n e r s a n d f r i e n d s g a t h e r e d f o r t h e o c c a s i o n . F r . W i l l i e i s m u c h l o v e d , a n d h i s w a r m k i n d p e r s o n a l i t y h a s b e e n a l i g h t f o r u s a l l . W e w i s h h i m a v e r y h a p p y b i r t h d a y a n d w e a r e b l e s s e d t o h a v e h i m l i v i n g a m o n g u s . A n u m b e r o f p r i e s t s a n d d e a c o n s f r o m t h e D i o c e s e g a t h e r e d a t D o u a i A b b e y , n e a r N e w b u r y i n B e r k s h i r e , f o r o u r a n n u a l r e t r e a t . T h i s y e a r i t w a s l e d b y M g r T o n y R o g e r s o f t h e D i o c e s e o f E a s t A n g l i a , c u r r e n t l y p a r i s h p r i e s t o f t h e c o a s t a l t o w n o f A l d e b u r g h . H i s t a l k s c o v e r e d a n u m b e r o f s u b j e c t s , i n c l u d i n g t h e p r e s s u r e s o f m o d e r n d a y m i n i s t r y , t h e c h a l l e n g e o f L G B T Q i s s u e s , a n d t h e q u e s ­ t i o n s p o s e d b y o u r s e c u l a r i s t s o c i e t y . H e a l s o i n v i t e d u s t o d i s c u s s t h e v a r i o u s i s s u e s , a n d h o n e s t o p i n i o n s w e r e s h a r e d . I t w a s g o o d t o s p e n d t i m e w i t h f e l l o w p r i e s t s a n d d e a c o n s i n t h e t r a n q u i l s e t t i n g o f t h e a b b e y , a n d a l s o t o b e f e d , o r e v e n o v e r f e d s o m e w h a t ! A s e v e r , t h e l a s t e v e n i n g w a s g i v e n o v e r t o s h a r i n g s o m e d r i n k s a n d n i b b l e s w i t h s o m e o f t h e r e s i d e n t B e n e d i c t i n e s . Y o u w i l l s e e f r o m t h e p h o t o t h a t w e c e l e b r a t e d M a s s d a i l y . C L E R G Y R E T R E A T

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P a g e 4 T h e V i n e D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 9 D e a r T h e V i n e R e a d e r , L i f e w i t h s e v e r e c a t a r a c t s h a s n o t b e e n e a s y f o r t h r e e ­ y e a r ­ o l d N a h e l , l i v i n g i n W e s t A f r i c a . U n a b l e t o s e e , t h i s b r i g h t b o y s t r u g g l e s t o p l a y w i t h h i s f r i e n d s a n d m a y n o t b e a b l e t o g o t o s c h o o l w h e n t h e y d o . E d u c a t i o n i s t h e k e y t o f u t u r e e m p l o y m e n t , a wa y o u t o f p o v e r t y. N a h e l ’ s m o t h e r i s h e a r t b r o k e n t h a t h e i s n e e d l e s s l y b l i n d . C a t a r a c t s u r g e r y t o r e s t o r e s i g h t c a n t a k e j u s t 4 5 m i n u t e s , b u t m a n y f a m i l i e s i n l o w ­ i n c o m e c o u n t r i e s c a n n o t a f f o r d t h e £ 9 5 f o r s u r g e r y . S o t h e i r c h i l d r e n h a v e n o c h o i c e b u t t o l i v e i n d a r k n e s s . Y o u c a n c h a n g e t h a t w i t h a g i f t t o C B M r i g h t n o w . F o r a l i m i t e d t i m e , a k i n d f u n d i n g p a r t n e r h a s p l e d g e d t o u n l o c k £ 4 f o r e v e r y £ 1 y o u g i v e . T h i s m e a n s t h a t i f y o u c a n g i v e £ 9 5 f o r o n e c h i l d ’ s s i g h t s a v i n g s u r g e r y t o d a y , f i v e c h i l d r e n c o u l d h a v e t h e i r s i g h t r e s t o r e d . O u r g o a l i s t o e n a b l e 3 , 5 0 0 c h i l d r e n t o s e e w i t h i n t w o y e a r s . W i t h y o u r h e l p , t h o u s a n d s o f l i v e s w i l l b e t r a n s f o r m e d . G o d b l e s s y o u , R e b e c c a M o l y n e u x P r o g r a m m e M a n a g e r , C B M U K R e g i s t e r e d i n E n g l a n d a n d W a l e s u n d e r 1 0 5 8 1 6 2 a n d S c o t l a n d u n d e r S C 0 4 1 1 0 1 S I B 1 9 ­ A 1 9 1 0 P R 1 9 P l e a s e r e t u r n t h i s f o r m t o : F r e e p o s t P l u s R S K K ­ H X A X ­ C Y G Z , C B M , O a k i n g t o n B u s i n e s s P a r k , D r y D r a y t o n R o a d , O a k i n g t o n , C a m b r i d g e C B 2 4 3 D Q Y e s , I w a n t t o u n l o c k f u n d s t o h e l p F I V E T I M E S m o r e b l i n d c h i l d r e n l i k e N a h e l I w i l l g i v e : £ 9 5 M y c h o i c e a m o u n t o f : _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ T i t l e : F i r s t N a m e : S u r n a m e : A d d r e s s : P o s t c o d e : I f y o u a r e a U K t a x p a y e r a n d i f y o u t i c k t h e G i f t A i d b o x w h e n y o u m a k e a d o n a t i o n , H M R C w i l l a d d a n e x t r a 2 5 p f o r e v e r y p o u n d y o u d o n a t e . I w a n t t o G i f t A i d m y d o n a t i o n a n d a n y d o n a t i o n s I m a k e i n t h e f u t u r e o r h a v e m a d e i n t h e p a s t 4 y e a r s t o C h r i s t i a n B l i n d M i s s i o n . I a m a U K t a x p a y e r a n d u n d e r s t a n d t h a t i f I p a y l e s s I n c o m e Ta x o r C a p i t a l s G a i n s Ta x t h a n t h e a m o u n t o f G i f t A i d c l a i m e d o n a l l m y d o n a t i o n s i n t h a t t a x y e a r i t i s m y r e s p o n s i b i l i t y t o p a y a n y d i f f e r e n c e . W e w i l l n e e d y o u r n a m e a n d a d d r e s s t o c l a i m t h e a d d i t i o n a l 2 5 % o f y o u r d o n a t i o n f r o m G i f t A i d . I n c r e a s e t h e v a l u e o f y o u r g i f t b y 2 5 % I e n c l o s e a c h e q u e / p o s t a l o r d e r / C A F v o u c h e r m a d e o u t t o C B M o r P l e a s e d e b i t m y V i s a / M a s t e r c a r d / M a e s t r o C a r d / C A F C a r d C a r d h o l d e r ’ s n a m e : C a r d n u m b e r : E x p i r y d a t e : M M / Y Y s e c u r i t y n u m b e r : s i g n a t u r e : D a t e : / / 3 ­ d i g i t C a r d h o l d e r ’ s C a l l 0 8 0 0 5 6 7 7 0 0 0 t o m a k e y o u r d o n a t i o n t o d a y . T H A N K Y O U . D o n a t e o n l i n e a t : w w w . c b m u k . o r g . u k / n a h e l F u n d s r a i s e d u p t o £ 4 0 0 , 0 0 0 b y 3 1 s t D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 9 w i l l b e m a x i m i s e d i n v a l u e t h r o u g h o u r f u n d i n g p a r t n e r . I n t h e e v e n t o f s u r p l u s d o n a t i o n s , a n y u n s p e n t f u n d s , w h i c h a r e n o t s u b j e c t t o t h e a b o v e ­ m e n t i o n e d u n l o c k i n g a r r a n g e m e n t s , w i l l b e u s e d t o s u p p o r t s i m i l a r C B M p r o j e c t s w h e r e t h e n e e d i s g r e a t e s t . W e ’ d l o v e t o k e e p y o u i n f o r m e d a b o u t o u r l i f e ­ c h a n g i n g w o r k a n d h o w y o u c a n s u p p o r t i t b y m a k i n g a d o n a t i o n . B y g i v i n g y o u r e m a i l a d d r e s s o r p h o n e n u m b e r b e l o w y o u g i v e C B M U K c o n s e n t t o c o n t a c t y o u u s i n g t h e s e m e t h o d s : P h o n e : E m a i l : W e l i k e t o c o n t a c t o u r s u p p o r t e r s w i t h p o s t a l f u n d r a i s i n g m e s s a g e s a n d u p d a t e s f r o m t h e p r o j e c t s w e s u p p o r t . I f y o u d o N O T w a n t t o r e c e i v e s u c h m e s s a g e s f r o m C B M U K i n t h e f u t u r e p l e a s e c o n t a c t u s o n 0 1 2 2 3 4 8 4 7 0 0 o r e m a i l i n f o @ c b m u k . o r g . u k H o w i t w o r k s 1 2 3 F o r e v e r y £ 9 5 y o u g i v e . . . … o u r f u n d i n g p a r t n e r u n l o c k s a n o t h e r £ 3 8 0 , e n a b l i n g F O U R M O R E s i g h t ­ s a v i n g t r e a t m e n t s . A g i f t o f £ 9 5 c a n h e l p m o r e c h i l d r e n l i k e . . . Y o u r g i f t t o d a y c o u l d h e l p fi v e c h i l d r e n l i k e N a h e l s e e t h e w o n d e r o f G o d ’ s c r e a t i o n . H e l p u n l o c k e x t r a f u n d s f o r m o r e c a t a r a c t s u r g e r i e s . B l e s s i n g S h a b a n a D a v i s T a w a

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Website: customstainedglass.co.uk Email: wayne.ricketts@btconnect.com Tel: 0117 955 5390 Wayne Ricketts S tained Glass w P l e a s e s u p p o r t o u r A d v e r t i s e r s F F O O R R C C O O M M P P E E T T E E N N T T , , C C A A R R I I N N G G L L E E G G A A L L A A D D V V I I C C E E W W E E O O F F F F E E R R : : > CONVEYANCING > WILLS AND PROBATE > DIVORCE AND FAMILY MATTERS > CHILD CARE LAW > CRIMINAL LITIGATION > HOME VISITS ARRANGED Tel: (020) 8778 1126 Email: enquiry@ewings.uk.com Web: ewings.uk.com Professional advice, community minded Contact Fr Wayne Coughlin Tel. 01234 352607 parishpriestbedford@gmail.com Our website has moved to w ww.ReachNewspaper.com R O M E P I L G R I M A G E F O R S C H O O L R E L E A D E R S T h e R E S u b j e c t L e a d e r s f r o m t h e p r i m a r y s c h o o l s i n o u r D i o c e s e w e r e w e l c o m e d t o R o m e b y F r K e v i n M c G i n n e l l d u r i n g t h e f i n a l w e e k e n d o f O c t o b e r . T h e p i l g r i m a g e i n v o l v e d m a n y t r i p s t o s i g n i f i c a n t c h u r c h e s a c r o s s t h e c i t y f o r e x a m p l e : S a n G i o v a n n i i n L a t e r a n o , t h e P o p e ’ s C a t h e d r a l ; S a n L u i g i e i F r a n c e s c i , w h i c h h o u s e s C a r a v a g g i o ’ s p a i n t i n g ‘ T h e C a l l i n g o f S t M a t t h e w ’ a n d S a n G i o r g i o i n V e l a b r o ­ N e w m a n ’ s t i t l e c h u r c h a s c a r d i n a l . H e r e , F r K e v i n l e d u s i n a r e f l e c t i o n , p r a y i n g t h a t , w i t h G o d ’ s h e l p , w e a r e g u i d e d i n o u r o w n m i s s i o n s . F r K e v i n w a s r e l e n t l e s s i n h i s c o m m i t m e n t t o m a k i n g t h e m o s t o f e v e r y m o m e n t , e n s u r i n g w e v i s i t e d e v e r y c h u r c h o n h i s l i s t ­ w a l k i n g i n e x c e s s o f 7 5 k m a c r o s s t h e w e e k e n d . W e c e l e b r a t e d M a s s i n h o n o u r o f S t J o h n H e n r y N e w m a n i n t h e C o l l e g e C h u r c h o f t h e V e n e r a b l e E n g l i s h C o l l e g e ; a s i t e s t e e p e d i n h i s t o r y , s t a r t i n g l i f e a s a p i l g r i m H o s p i c e b e f o r e b e c o m i n g a s e m i n a r y . F o r t y f o u r f o r m e r s t u d e n t s h a v e b e e n m a r t y r e d a n d a b o v e t h e a l t a r i n t h e c h u r c h h a n g s t h e M a r t y r s ’ P i c t u r e , p a i n t e d i n 1 5 8 3 b y D u r a n t e A l b e r t i . T h e g r o u p h a d t h e o p p o r t u n i t y t o v i s i t t h e V a t i c a n o n s e v e r a l o c c a s i o n s , w h e r e w e h a d t h e p r i v i l e g e o f c e l e b r a t i n g M a s s a t t h e t o m b o f P o p e S a i n t J o h n X X I I I i n S t P e t e r ’ s B a s i l i c a . D o m i n i q u e S m i t h , f r o m T h e G o o d S h e p h e r d , N o r t h a m p t o n , d e l i v e r e d t h e p r a y e r s o n b e h a l f o f t h e s c h o o l c o m m u n i t i e s o f s e v e r a l o f o u r s c h o o l s t o t h e P o p e ’ s p o l i c e f o r c e . W e h o p e t h a t t h e s e w i l l h a v e r e a c h e d P o p e F r a n c i s t o i n c l u d e i n h i s o w n p r a y e r s . O n e o f t h e h i g h l i g h t s o f t h e w h o l e t r i p w a s a t t e n d i n g t h e A n g e l u s w i t h P o p e F r a n c i s o n S u n d a y , a t t h e e n d o f t h e P a n ­ A m a z o n i a n S y n o d . H e t o l d u s t o l i s t e n t o t h e v o i c e s o f t h e p o o r a n d t h e y o u n g , a s k i n g u s t o b e c o n s c i o u s o f t h e n e e d s o f o t h e r s b e f o r e o u r s e l v e s : a m e s s a g e w e w i l l b r i n g b a c k t o o u r o w n s c h o o l s t o s h a r e w i t h t h e c h i l d r e n , s t a f f a n d w i d e r c o m m u n i t y . T h i s p i l g r i m a g e h a s n o t o n l y b e e n a s p i r i t u a l l y u p l i f t i n g e x p e r i e n c e f o r t h e P r i m a r y R E S u b j e c t L e a d e r s , b u t h a s a l s o b e e n a n o p p o r t u n i t y t o d e v e l o p b e t t e r l i n k s a c r o s s o u r s c h o o l s , w h i c h , i n t u r n , w i l l f u r t h e r o p p o r t u n i t i e s t o s h a r e g o o d p r a c t i c e a c r o s s o u r D i o c e s e . W e t h a n k F r K e v i n f o r h i s d e t e r m i n a t i o n i n b e i n g a n e x c e l l e n t g u i d e w h e n s h o w i n g u s t h e c i t y w h e r e h e s t u d i e d a n d w o r k e d ; A n n e ­ M a r i e M c I n t o s h , P r i m a r y R E A d v i s e r , w h o m a s t e r m i n d e d t h e t r i p a n d t h e S i s t e r s o f M a e s t r e P i e F i l i p p i n i , w h o g a v e u s a w o n d e r f u l w e l c o m e t o R o m e a n d m a d e o u r s t a y c o m f o r t a b l e . W e l o o k f o r w a r d t o s h a r i n g a l l w e h a v e l e a r n e d a n d e x p e r i e n c e d w i t h t h e c h i l d r e n , s t a f f a n d c o m m u n i t i e s i n o u r s c h o o l s . A N E W U K C I T I Z E N F O R H I G H W Y C O M B E C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s t o F r B e n e d e t t o d ’ A u t i l i a , w h o h a s q u a l i f i e d a s a U K r e s i d e n t . 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W o r l d G i f t s a r e C A F O D ` s a l t e r n a t i v e c h a r i t y g i f t s t h a t t r a n s f o r m l i v e s a n d s u p p o r t c o m ­ m u n i t i e s t o b r e a k f r e e f r o m p o v e r t y . T h e s e v i r t u a l g i f t s a r e g r e a t p r e s e n t s f o r f r i e n d s , f a m i l y , t e a c h e r s – a n d m o s t i m p o r t a n t l y , m a k e a v e r y r e a l d i f f e r e n c e t o f a m i l i e s a r o u n d t h e w o r l d . W o r l d G i f t s h a v e a l r e a d y h e l p e d o v e r 5 , 0 0 0 c h i l d r e n t o a t t e n d l i t e r a c y c l a s s e s – o p e n i n g d o o r s t o e d u c a t i o n a n d w o r k a n d h a s b r o u g h t 1 0 0 , 0 0 0 a n i m a l s t o f a m i l i e s – h e l p i n g t o c r e a t e c o u n t l e s s s m a l l b u s i ­ n e s s e s . T h i s y e a r , w e h a v e n e w g i f t s i n c l u d i n g ‘ C h a n g e a w o m a n ’ s w o r l d ’ , ‘ H e l p f o r a H a r d w o r k i n g H a i r d r e s s e r ’ a n d ‘ S e w i n g k i t ’ t o e m p o w e r w o m e n t o w o r k a n d e a r n a l i v i n g f o r t h e m s e l v e s . C o u l d y o u h e l p t r a n s f o r m a w o m a n ’ s w o r l d t h i s C h r i s t m a s ? S o m e p a r i s h e s h a v e c h o s e n t o b u y g i f t s c o l l e c t i v e l y a n d S t A u g u s t i n e ’ s p a r i s h i n M i l t o n K e y n e s i s o n e o f t h e m . T h e y h a v e s t a r t e d a v i r t u a l v i l l a g e a n d p a r i s h i o n e r s w h o w a n t t o c o n t r i b u t e t o a l a r g e r g i f t s i m p l y m a k e a d o n a t i o n t o t o w a r d s t h a t g i f t . T h e y h a v e a w o n d e r f u l d i s p l a y a t t h e e n t r a n c e t o s h o w w h a t g i f t s t h e y h a v e b o u g h t s o f a r . P a r i s h v o l u n t e e r , O l i v e r L a r k i n , s a i d , “ F r F r a n c i s H i g g i n s ( p i c t u r e d l e f t ) g o t u s o f f t o a g o o d s t a r t b y a s k i n g o u r F i r s t C o m m u n i c a n t s t o c o n s i d e r d o n a t i n g s o m e o f t h e m o n e y t h e y r e c e i v e d a s g i f t s t o s h a r e w i t h t h e p o o r ­ e s t i n t h e w o r l d a s p a r t o f t h e o f f e r t o r y o n t h e i r s p e c i a l d a y ­ r a i s i n g o v e r £ 1 , 7 0 0 ! W e a r e s t i l l a t a n e a r l y s t a g e a n d w e h o p e t h a t o u r v i l l a g e w i l l g r o w i n t h e w e e k s a n d m o n t h s a h e a d – e s p e c i a l l y w i t h a C h r i s t m a s p u s h f o r v i r t u a l g i f t s . ” I n 2 0 1 7 , o n t h e o c c a s i o n o f t h e 5 0 t h a n n i v e r s a r y o f t h e b i r t h o f t h e C a t h o l i c C h a r i s m a t i c R e n e w a l ( C C R ) , P o p e F r a n c i s t o l d t h o s e g a t h e r e d i n R o m e f o r t h e c e l e b r a t i o n s t h a t t h e m i s s i o n o f C C R , a s a ‘ c u r r e n t o f g r a c e ’ , i s t o s h a r e t h e B a p t i s m o f t h e H o l y S p i r i t w i t h a l l t h o s e i n t h e C h u r c h . H e e c h o e d t h i s i n J u n e t h i s y e a r w h e n h e e s t a b l i s h e d C H A R I S , a P u b l i c A s s o c i a t i o n o f t h e C h u r c h , e s t a b ­ l i s h e d t o s e r v e C C R a c r o s s t h e w o r l d . O n t h a t s a m e o c c a s i o n F r R a n i e r o C a n t a l a m e s s a , t h e p r e a c h e r t o t h e p a p a l h o u s e h o l d , s a i d : " L e g a l l y , w e a r e h i s c h i l d r e n t h r o u g h b a p t i s m , b u t e x p e r i e n t i a l l y w e b e c o m e h i s c h i l d r e n t h a n k s t o t h e a c t i o n o f t h e H o l y S p i r i t t h a t i s o n g o i n g i n o u r l i v e s . " I t ’ s t h i s s e n s e o f e x p e r i e n c e t h a t h e l p s u s u n ­ d e r s t a n d w h a t t h e C h u r c h m e a n s b y t h e t e r m , b a p t i s m i n t h e H o l y S p i r i t . A s t h e w o r d ‘ b a p t i s m ’ l i t e r a l l y m e a n s , w e a r e t o b e i m m e r s e d i n t h e l o v e o f G o d , F a t h e r , S o n a n d H o l y S p i r i t . O n 5 t h O c t o b e r , l e a d e r s f r o m C C R a c r o s s t h e D i o c e s e g a t h e r e d i n F l i t w i c k t o c o n s i d e r t h i s c o m m i s s i o n t h a t P o p e F r a n c i s h a d g i v e n u s . E a c h o f u s r e f l e c t e d o n o u r o w n l i v e s , a n d w h e r e w e h a d e n ­ c o u n t e r e d J e s u s a s a f r i e n d , a n d w h a t d i f f e r e n c e t h a t h a d m a d e . B u i l d i n g o n t h a t w e s p e n t m u c h o f t h e d a y i n p r a y e r f o r e a c h o t h e r a n d f o r t h e d i o c e s e , t h a t a l l o f u s ­ a s t h e p e o p l e o f G o d i n N o r t h a m p t o n ­ w o u l d g r o w e v e r m o r e o p e n t o t h e w o r k o f t h e H o l y S p i r i t a n d t h e d i f f e r e n c e h e w a n t s t o m a k e i n a l l o u r l i v e s ; t o g r o w i n c o n f i d e n c e i n t h e k n o w l e d g e t h a t “ G o d ’ s l o v e h a s b e e n p o u r e d i n t o o u r h e a r t s t h r o u g h t h e H o l y S p i r i t w h o h a s b e e n g i v e n t o u s ” ( R o m 5 : 5 ) . T h e q u e s t i o n t h a t e a c h o f u s w a s l e f t w i t h , a s w e s e e k t o b e o b e d i e n t t o P o p e F r a n c i s , w a s h o w w e m i g h t s h a r e t h i s c u r ­ r e n t o f g r a c e , t h i s o u t p o u r i n g o f t h e H o l y S p i r i t , t h i s B a p t i s m i n t h e H o l y S p i r i t , i n o u r p a r i s h e s a n d l o c a l c o m m u n i t i e s . T r u s t i n g i n t h e L o r d , i t r e m a i n s a w o r k i n p r o g r e s s , s o w e c o n t i n u e t o p r a y i n h o p e : C o m e O H o l y S p i r i t ; J e s u s w e t r u s t i n y o u . P a g e 6 T h e V i n e D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 9 F I R E S T A R T E R S ’ G A T H E R I N G G I F T S T H A T M A K E A D I F F E R E N C E A L L   C H A N G E   I N V O C A T I O N S B i s h o p P e t e r h a s t h a n k e d C a n o n M a r k F l o o d y f o r h i s e l e v e n a n d a h a l f y e a r s s e r v i c e a s o u r D i o c e s a n V o c a t i o n s D i r e c t o r . F r A n d r e w R i c h a r d s o n , P a r i s h P r i e s t o f S t J o h n ’s a n d H o l y F a m i l y i n L u t o n , h a s b e e n a p p o i n t e d i n h i s p l a c e . V o c a t i o n s w i l l n o t b e n e w f o r F r A n d r e w a s h e i s a l r e a d y t h e P r e s i d e n t o f t h e C o n f e r ­ e n c e o f D i o c e s a n D i r e c t o r s o f V o c a t i o n s . C a n o n M a r k w i l l r e m a i n a m e m b e r o f t h e v o ­ c a t i o n s t e a m . F r s A n d y a n d M a r k a r e p i c t u r e d l e f t a l o n g s i d e o u r s e m i n a r i a n s , n e w l y o r d a i n e d a n d m e m b e r s o f t h e v o c a t i o n s t e a m .

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J e s u s g a v e u s a c l e a r w a y t o i n v o k e G o d ’ s b l e s s i n g o n t h e c a l l t o s e r v e t h e C h u r c h w h e n h e t o l d u s t o p r a y f o r i t ( L u k e 1 0 : 2 ) ! F r M i c h a e l H a r r i s o n , p i c t u r e d r i g h t , l e d p r a y e r f o r v o c a t i o n s w i t h p a r i s h i o n e r s g a t h e r e d a t O u r L a d y o f W a l s i n g h a m , C o r b y , i n S e p t e m b e r . T h e y w e r e o n e o f 8 p a r i s h e s t o u n i t e t h e i r M a s s , R o s a r y a n d E x p o s i t i o n w i t h o t h e r s i n t h e i n t h e D i o c e s e a s w e p e t i t i o n f o r t h i s g r e a t c a u s e . T h e R o s a r y L i n k u n i t e s s u c h p r a y e r a r o u n d o u r D i o c e s e o n a q u a r t e r l y b a s i s . T a k i n g O u r L o r d a t H i s w o r d , T h e R o s a r y L i n k f o r V o c a t i o n s w a s e s t a b l i s h e d i n D e c e m b e r 2 0 0 4 a t O u r L a d y o f P e r p e t u a l S u c c o u r , n o w o u r D i o c e s a n S h r i n e , a s a c o l l a b o r a t i o n b e t w e e n F r D a m i e n W a l n e a n d a p a r i s h i o n e r f r o m W e l l i n g b o r o u g h . T h e a i m w a s s i m p l e : t o p r a y f o r v o c a t i o n s b y o f f e r i n g t h e M a s s a n d t h e R o s a r y w i t h E x p o s i t i o n . T h i s h a s f l o u r i s h e d o v e r t h e l a s t 1 5 y e a r s s o t h a t t h e r e h a s b e e n a y e a r l y a v e r a g e o f 3 0 s u c h g a t h e r i n g s a r o u n d o u r D i o c e s e i n r e c e n t y e a r s , s o m e a t t e n d e d b y B i s h o p P e t e r w h o h a s b e e n s u p p o r t i v e a n d a l s o e n c o u r a g e d b y s o m a n y p e o p l e a c r o s s t h e D i o c e s e w h o h a v e b e e n u n i t e d i n t h i s i n i t i a t i v e . A s F a t h e r A n d r e w B e h r e n s s a i d a t o n e s u c h g a t h e r i n g a t S t G r e g o r y ’ s i n N o r t h a m p t o n , t h e e f f o r t w e p u t i n t o p r a y i n g f o r a n d n u r t u r i n g v o c a t i o n s w i l l b e t o l d i n t h e r e s u l t s : t h e m o r e e f f o r t a n d c a r e , t h e g r e a t e r t h e r e s u l t s . W h i l s t t h e c a u s e f o r v o c a t i o n s t o t h e p r i e s t h o o d , d i a c o n a t e a n d r e l i g i o u s l i f e i s a s p e c i f i c a p o s t o l a t e , F r A n d r e w a l s o r e m i n d e d u s a l l o f o u r o w n u n i q u e a n d G o d g i v e n v o c a t i o n i n e v e r y w a l k o f l i f e ; ‘ W h a t e v e r y o u r w o r k i s , p u t y o u r h e a r t i n t o i t a s d o n e f o r t h e L o r d a n d n o t f o r h u m a n b e i n g s … ’ C o l o s s i a n s 3 : 2 3 W e b e l i e v e t h a t G o d h a s i n d e e d h e a r d o u r p r a y e r s a n d h a v e b e e n d e l i g h t e d t h a t n u m b e r s o f s e m i n a r i a n s h a v e s t e a d i l y i n c r e a s e d a n d m a i n t a i n e d s i n c e 2 0 0 4 . W e a r e b l e s s e d i n t h i s d i o c e s e t o h a v e m a n y d e d i c a t e d n e w p r i e s t s i n c l u d i n g m o s t r e c e n t l y F r D a v i d D o n a g h u e . F r D a m i e n , o u r C h a p l a i n , d i e d i n M a r c h 2 0 1 5 a n d u n d o u b t e d l y c o n t i n u e s a s a n a d v o c a t e i n h e a v e n . T h e R o s a r y f o r V o c a t i o n s h a s c o n t i n u e d a n d y o u a r e m o s t w e l c o m e t o j o i n u s f o r a n y o f t h e s e l o c a l d a t e s ( s o m e o f f e r i n g r e f r e s h m e n t s a f t e r w a r d s ! ) . P a g e 7 T h e V i n e D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 9 L O R D , S E N D L A B O U R E R S I N T O T H E H A R V E S T ! R O O T E D I N C O R B Y P a r i s h i o n e r s o f a l l a g e s i n C o r b y j o i n e d t o g e t h e r a t o n e o f t h e i r c h u r c h e s , S t J o h n O g i l v i e , f o r a n e v e n i n g o f a d o r a t i o n w i t h l i v e p r a i s e a n d w o r s h i p . T h e i n i t i a t i v e , c a l l e d R o o t e d , w a s b o r n o u t o f a d e s i r e t o p r a y p a r t i c u l a r l y f o r t h e y o u n g p e o p l e a n d y o u t h m i n i s t r y o f C o r b y – k n o w i n g t h a t i t n e e d s t o b e ‘ r o o t e d i n C h r i s t ’ t h r o u g h p r a y e r . I t p r o v e d t o b e a b l e s s e d e v e n i n g f o r a l l t h o s e i n v o l v e d a n d w a s s u p p o r t e d b y N Y M O a n d t h e L u x w o r s h i p b a n d ‘ T h r e e T e n t s ’ . O n e o f t h e y o u n g p e o p l e a t t e n d i n g r e m a r k e d a t t h e e n d t h a t d u r i n g t h e t i m e o f p r a y e r i t r e a l l y h e l p e d h e r t o r e a l i s e h o w m a n y y o u t h a c t i v i t i e s s h e ’ s b e e n i n v o l v e d i n t h e l a s t y e a r , h o w m a n y n e w f r i e n d s h i p s h a v e b e e n f o r m e d f r o m t h e m a n d h o w b l e s s e d s h e h a s f e l t b e c a u s e o f i t . 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M o n 2 D e c O u r L a d y o f P e r p e t u a l S u c c o u r , G r e a t B i l l i n g – 6 p m ( R e f r e s h m e n t s ) T u e s 3 D e c H o l y C r o s s , B e d f o r d – 9 . 1 0 a m M o r n i n g p r a y e r , 9 . 3 0 a m M a s s , R o s a r y , R e f r e s h m e n t s T h u r s 5 D e c S t A n d r e w ’ s , C i p p e n h a m , 8 . 3 0 a m E x p o s i t i o n , 9 a m R o s a r y 9 . 3 0 a m M a s s S t F r a n c i s o f A s s i s i , S h e f f o r d – 9 . 3 0 a m F r i 6 D e c S t T h o m a s A q u i n a s – B l e t c h l e y 8 . 3 0 a m C h u r c h o f D i v i n e M e r c y , S l o u g h ­ 8 p m R o s a r y , 8 . 3 0 p m M a s s S a t 1 4 D e c O u r L a d y o f t h e S a c r e d H e a r t , W ’ b o r o ­ 1 0 . 3 0 a m F o r f u r t h e r i n f o r m a t i o n c o n t a c t D o n n a 0 7 9 4 0 2 2 8 2 2 7 God calls to us constantly, longing to guide those who yearn for life and desire to see good days into the way of peace. The Rule of Saint Benedict helps us to hear God’s voice, in the Holy Scriptures, in the sacred liturgy and in our brothers in community. If you are a single man longing to live your Catholic faith in a way which brings great joy as it demands the best of you, consider whether God is calling you to be a Benedictine monk at Buckfast Abbey. Please reach out to us, and we will do all we can to help you. ‘ L isten, ‘Listen, m y son’ R u le of St Ben e d ict Buckfast Abbey Trust Registered Charity number 232497 w ww.buckfast.org.uk/vocation vocations@buckfast.org.uk ‘ ‘ L L i i s s t t e e n n , , Rule of St Benedict m m y y s s o o n n ’ ’

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V IN101 A N O L D C H U R C H W I T H A V I B R A N T C O M M U I T Y L a s t m o n t h I w a s i n v i t e d t o v i s i t S a c r e d H e a r t C a t h o l i c C h u r c h i n A s t o n L e W a l l s . T h e p r i e s t i n c h a r g e , F r J a m e s E v a n s h a d i n v i t e d m e t o s e e t h e o l d e s t c h u r c h i n o u r D i o c e s e . A t t e n d i n g M a s s i n t h i s s m a l l v i l l a g e o n t h e e d g e o f o u r D i o c e s e , i t b e c a m e c l e a r t h a t t h e b u i l d i n g m a y b e o l d , b u t t h e c o n g r e g a t i o n a r e v i b r a n t , w e l c o m i n g a n d f a i t h f i l l e d . S a c r e d H e a r t h a s h a d c o n t i n u o u s s e r v i c e o f a p r i e s t f o r a l m o s t 3 0 0 y e a r s ! T h e c h u r c h o f t h e S a c r e d H e a r t w a s o p e n e d i n 1 8 2 7 a n d t h e s c h o o l r o o m n e x t d o o r f o u r y e a r s l a t e r . B i s h o p A m h e r s t , t h e s e c o n d B i s h o p o f N o r t h a m p t o n c o n s e c r a t e d t h e c h u r c h i n 1 8 5 9 . T h e c h u r c h h a d a f a c e l i f t i n 1 9 8 2 , w h e n m a r b l e c h i p p i n g s w e r e a d d e d t o t h e e x ­ t e r i o r . T h e c h u r c h w a s e x t e n d e d i n 1 9 9 1 , a n d t h e r e f o r e c l o s e d f o r s e v e r a l m o n t h s . A t t h e s a m e t i m e , t h e g a l l e r y w a s e x t e n d e d t o i n ­ c r e a s e c a p a c i t y a n d M a s s w a s c e l e b r a t e d a t t h e l o c a l A n g l i c a n C h u r c h . S i n c e 1 6 8 8 , t h e r e h a v e b e e n 3 3 p r i e s t s r e s i d e n t o r c o n ­ n e c t e d t o t h e p a r i s h . O n t h e d a y I v i s i t e d , i t w a s M i s s i o n S u n d a y a n d F r J a m e s , e n c o u r a g e d t h e p a r i s h t o b e c h u r c h o f m i s ­ s i o n , l o o k i n g o u t w a r d s o t h a t m o r e p e o p l e c a n k n o w o f t h e w o r k a n d l o v e o f G o d . A s a v i s i t o r , I w a s w e l c o m e d a n d i n t r o d u c e d t o m a n y p e o p l e a n d i n v i t e d a f t e r w a r d s f o r c o f f e e i n t h e o l d s c h o o l r o o m . T h e s e r v e r s w e r e s m a r t l y d r e s s e d a n d c l e a r l y v e r y p r o u d t o b e s e r v i n g M a s s u n d e r t h e g u i d a n c e o f a n e x ­ c e l l e n t M a s t e r o f C e r e m o n i e s i n t h i s m o s t b e a u t i f u l b u i l d i n g . I t w a s a j o y t o b e p a r t o f a c h u r c h c o m m u ­ n i t y t h a t s m i l e d a t v i s i t o r s a n d c l e a r l y e n j o y e d t h e j o k e s o f t h e i r p a s t o r b e f o r e , d u r i n g a n d e s p e c i a l l y a f t e r M a s s ! O n a d a m p i s h S a t u r d a y m o r n i n g o n 1 2 t h O c t o b e r , M o n s i g n o r T o n y M c D e r m o t t r e d e d i c a t e d t h e r e s t o r e d c e m e t e r y o f s o m e 8 0 + S i s t e r s w h o h a d l i v e d a n d t a u g h t m a n y g e n e r a t i o n s o f p u p i l s o f t h e f o r m e r c o n v e n t s c h o o l ( d e m o l i s h e d i n 1 9 7 5 ) . T h e r e s t o r a t i o n p r o j e c t w a s a j o i n t e f f o r t b y b o t h t h e l o c a l b o r o u g h c o u n c i l a n d t h e N o t r e D a m e ‘ O l d G i r l s ’ A s s o c i a t i o n , t h e l a t t e r h a v i n g w o r k e d t i r e l e s s l y t o f u n d r a i s e a n d t h e n o r g a n i s e b o t h t h e e v e n t a n d a s p l e n d i d r e c e p t i o n w h i c h f o l l o w e d i n t h e a d j o i n i n g F r i e n d s ( Q u a k e r ) M e e t i n g H o u s e . A m o n g t h o s e p r e s e n t a t t h e s e r v i c e w e r e D a v i d L a i n g , L o r d L i e u t e n a n t o f N o r t h a m p t o n s h i r e , t h e M a y o r o f N o r t h a m p t o n , C l l r C h o u d a r y a n d t h r e e S i s t e r s o f N o t r e D a m e , E n g l i s h P r o v i n c e . B e t w e e n 8 0 t o 1 0 0 f o r m e r p u p i l s , s o m e w i t h t h e i r s p o u s e s a l s o a t t e n d e d . F o l l o w i n g t h e c e r e m o n y , M o n s i g n o r T o n y , w h o h a s n o w r e t i r e d a s t h e c h a p l a i n t o t h e l o c a l A s s o c i a t i o n , w a s p r e s e n t e d w i t h a c h e q u e i n r e c o g n i t i o n o f h i s l o n g s e r v i c e a n d s u p p o r t . B o t h M r L a i n g a n d o t h e r s p r e s e n t w e r e l o u d i n t h e i r a p p r e c i a t i o n o f t h e N D A A s s o c i a t i o n i n k e e p i n g a l i v e t h e s p i r i t o f t h e s c h o o l ’ s d e d i c a t i o n t o t h e h i s t o r y o f f i r s t ­ c l a s s e d u c a t i o n i n N o r t h a m p t o n . P E A C E R E S T O R E D

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P a g e 1 0 T h e V i n e D e c e m b e r 2 0 1 9 E v e r y y e a r t h e P r e s i d e n t o f C h i l t e r n C a t e n i a n C i r c l e c h o s e s a c h a r ­ i t y f o r w h i c h h e w o u l d l i k e t h e b r o t h e r s o f t h e C i r c l e t o r a i s e m o n e y . D u r i n g h i s y e a r a s P r e s i d e n t , O d r a n S t e e d a s k e d t h e b r o t h e r s o f C h i l t e r n C i r c l e t o r a i s e m o n e y f o r N o a h ’ s A r k C h i l d r e n ’ s H o s p i c e w h i c h w a s i n t h e p r o c e s s o f b u i l d i n g a n e w c h i l d r e n ’ s h o s p i c e o n a 7 ½ a c r e s i t e i n B a r n e t . T h i s w a s t o b e c a l l e d “ T h e A r k ” a n d w a s c o m p l e t e d a f e w m o n t h s a g o . A s a r e s u l t o f t h e g e n e r o s i t y o f t h e b r o t h e r s w h o s u p p o r t e d r a f f l e s , m a d e a c h a r i t y v i s i t t o t h e t h e a t r e a n d g a v e i n d i v i d u a l d o n a t i o n s , O d r a n a n d M a r g a r e t S t e e d w e r e a b l e t o v i s i t t h e n e w l y o p e n e d A r k a n d p r e s e n t a c h e q u e f o r £ 3 , 2 2 5 t o t h e c h a r i t y . T h e p i c t u r e s h o w s O d r a n a n d M a r g a r e t w i t h R e b e c c a L o w e w h o i s t h e C o r p o r a t e a n d C o m m u n i t y F u n d R a i s e r f o r t h e h o s p i c e . N o a h ’ s A r k C h i l d r e n ’ s H o s p i c e p r o v i d e s s u p p o r t f o r b a b i e s , c h i l ­ d r e n a n d y o u n g p e o p l e w i t h l i f e ­ l i m i t i n g o r l i f e ­ t h r e a t e n i n g c o n d i t i o n s a n d t h e i r f a m i l i e s i n N o r t h a n d C e n t r a l L o n d o n a n d H e r t s m e r e . I t ’ s a h o m e ­ f r o m ­ h o m e f o r s e r i o u s l y u n w e l l c h i l d r e n , w h e r e t h e y c a n b e c h i l d r e n a n d n o t j u s t p a t i e n t s . T h e i r m i s s i o n i s t o p r o v i d e c a r e a n d s u p p o r t f o r c h i l d r e n a n d y o u n g p e o p l e f r o m b i r t h w h o h a v e a l i f e ­ l i m i t i n g o r l i f e ­ t h r e a t e n i n g c o n d i ­ t i o n . T h e i r a i m i s t o e n a b l e t h e m t o l i v e f u l l l i v e s a n d t o a c h i e v e t h e i r a s p i r a t i o n s a n d t o e n s u r e t h a t f a m i l i e s a r e a b l e t o l i v e l i f e a s f u l l y a s p o s s i b l e w h i l e t h e i r c h i l d i s s t i l l a l i v e a n d g o o n t o f a c e t h e f u t u r e w i t h h o p e a f t e r b e r e a v e m e n t . C H I L T E R N C A T E N I A N ’ S S U P P O R T N O A H S A R K H O S P I C E S r M a e ( t h i r d f r o m t h e l e f t ) a n d s e v e r a l p a r i s h i o n e r s o f H o l y C r o s s C h u r c h , B e d f o r d p r e p a r e p r a y e r s c r o l l s a s p a r t o f t h e i r c o n t r i b u t i o n t o t h e E x t r a o r d i n a r y M o n t h o f M i s s i o n . E a c h p r a y e r s c r o l l c o n t a i n s t h e n a m e o f a F i r s t H o l y C o m m u n i o n c a n d i d a t e a n d a r e q u e s t f o r p r a y e r f o r a l l y o u n g p e o p l e . I n t u r n t h e y o u n g p e o p l e h a v e p r a y e d f o r p a r i s h i o n e r s . T h e s c r o l l s a r e t o b e b l e s s e d a n d d i s t r i b u t e d a t M a s s o n t h e f i n a l S u n d a y o f O c t o b e r . M O N T H O F M I S S I O N C R Y P T I C A c r o s s 7 D e s c e n d a n t o f C a i n c h u r c h f i n d f e e b l e a t f i r s t ( 6 ) 8 A r c h b i s h o p ` s g r a n d m o t h e r i s g o i n g a f t e r c h a p w i t h d r u g s ( 6 ) 9 C a e s a r i s d i s t i n g u i s h e d p u t a g a i n s t o u r l o t ( 8 ) 1 0 T a k e b a c k ­ r o a d f r o m A r c t i c r e g i o n a n d f i n d s o m e t h i n g f i s h y ( 4 ) 1 1 N o a h ` s s o n ` s c l o s i n g b o r d e r ( 4 ) 1 3 S o u n d s u p s e t , l o o k y o u , o n e i n t h e S a n h e d r i n ( 8 ) 1 4 H i l l y p a r t o f L o n d o n o b v i o u s l y n e e d s e l e v a t e d a c c e s s ( 8 ) 1 8 C l e r i c i n E a s t A n g l i a ` s f i r s t t o w o r k i n I c e l a n d ( 4 ) 2 0 T r i b e p l a c e t o p L e v i t e s i n c o n f i n e m e n t ( 4 ) 2 1 I n f a v o u r o f a c t i o n : w o r d s a r e f o r a b o o k ( 8 ) 2 3 S o m e s i g n s o f a f a m i l i a r A u s t r a l i a c o m e b a c k , w i t h b a c k i n g o f s u p p o r t t h e k e y ( 6 ) 2 4 D o e s t h i s s t r e s s a M e d i t e r r a n e a n t y p e ? ( 6 ) C R Y P T I C D o w n 1 B o o k t o b a n a t u n i v e r s i t y a n d c h u r c h ( 6 ) 2 I n L e M a n s I a l m o s t g e t t o g r i p s w i t h a n a n c i e n t r o a d r a g e r ( 4 ) 3 I t i s a b i t t h e a t r i c a l , t h i s a r t i c l e o n a G r e e k w a t e g o d d e s s ( 6 ) 4 P u r s u e d , b u t r e m a i n s v i r t u o u s , w e ` r e i n f o r m e d ( 6 ) 5 G e t D u r e r t o r e ­ i m a g i n e t h e D a n i s h q u e e n ( 8 ) 6 I s a b l e t o n a m e m a n y l o s t a f t e r c l a s s i c b a t t l e ( 6 ) 1 2 H a m , a m a i n r e a s o n f o r D a v i d ` s h e a d q u a r t e r s b e i n g h e r e ( 8 ) 1 5 H o m e s a r e i n d i v i d u a l w i t h g r e a t c l o a k r o o m s ( 6 ) 1 6 B e a s t f o r t h e m o u n t a i n , o n e C o l o m b i a ­ b o u n d ( 6 ) 1 7 A l m i g h t y c r a t e r a f t e r r o a d i s a l l d u g u p ( 6 ) 1 9 D i e d w i t h a t m o s p h e r e t o a d e g r e e u p s e t t i n g f o r a s c r i b e o f E s d r a s ( 6 ) 2 2 W h e r e D a v i d f o u g h t G o l i a t h : h e a l t h y , b u t k e e l e d o v e r ( 4 ) Q U I C K A c r o s s 7 D e s c e n d a n t o f C a i n , h u s b a n d o f A d a h a n d Z i l l a h ( 6 ) 8 C a r d i n a l J o h n ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ : A r c h b i s h o p o f W e s t m i n s t e r ( 1 9 6 3 ­ 1 9 7 5 ) ( 6 ) 9 ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ C a e s a r , f i r s t R o m a n E m p e r o r ( 2 7 B C ­ 1 4 A D ) ( 8 ) 1 0 E d i b l e s c o m b r o i d f i s h ( 4 ) 1 1 S o n o f N o a h , a n c e s t o r o f b o t h J e w s a n d A r a b s , a n d t h e l a n g u a g e g r o u p s t i l l s p o k e n ( 4 ) 1 3 O n e o f t h e c o n s e r v a t i v e a r i s t o c r a t i c J e w i s h p r i e s t h o o d n a m e d p o s s i b l y a f t e r Z a d o k ( 8 ) 1 4 L o n d o n N 6 ? ( 8 ) 1 8 I c e l a n d i c b o o k s o f e p i c m y t h o l o g i c a l t a l e s a n d p o e t r y ( 4 ) 2 0 E x t e n d e d f a m i l y , e s p e c i a l l y i n S c o t l a n d ( 4 ) 2 1 O T b o o k c o n s i s t i n g o f a d a g e s f r o m v a r i o u s I s r a e l i t e s a g e s ( 8 ) 2 3 I m a g i n a r y b e l t i l l u s t r a t i n g t h e p r o g r e s s o f h e a v e n l y b o d i e s ( 6 ) 2 4 P r i n t ­ t y p e u s e d f o r e m p h a s i s , l i t e r a r y t i t l e s , e t c ( 6 ) Q U I C K D o w n 1 A p o c r y p h a l b o o k n a m e d a f t e r J e r e m i a h ` s s e c r e t a r y ( 6 ) 2 C r a z y d r i v e r , n a m e d a f t e r t h e c h a r i o t e e r i n g k i n g o f I s r a e l i n 2 K i n g s ( 4 ) 3 O n e o f t h e 5 0 N e r e i d s i n G r e e k m y t h ( 6 ) 4 H o u n d e d ( 6 ) 5 H a m l e t ` s m o t h e r ( 8 ) 6 G r e a t b a t t l e o f t h e 2 n d P u n i c W a r ( 2 1 6 B C ) , t h e s c e n e o f R o m e ` s g r e a t e s t d e f e a t ( 6 ) 1 2 W h e r e i n G i l e a d J a c o b s a w G o d ` s a n g e l s b e f o r e r e u n i t i n g w i t h E s a u ( 8 ) 1 5 H o m e s w i t h d o m e s ? ( 6 ) 1 6 A n d e a n b e a s t o f b u r d e n ( 6 ) 1 7 O n e o f t h e p r i n c i p a l n a m e s b y w h i c h G o d i s d e s i g n a t e d i n t h e H e b r e w S c r i p t u r e s ( 6 ) 1 9 O n e o f t h e f i v e w h o w r o t e d o w n t h e v i s i o n s o f E s d r a s ( 6 ) 2 2 V a l l e y w h e r e D a v i d f o u g h t G o l i a t h ( 4 ) 2 - i n - 1 C r o s s w o r d b y A x e Y o u c a n u s e b o t h s e t s o f c l u e s t o s o l v e t h e p u z z l e : t h e s o l u t i o n s a r e t h e s a m e . S o , i f y o u w a n t t o t r y t h e C R Y P T I C p u z z l e , f o r i n s t a n c e , b u t a r e u n s u r e , u s e t h e Q U I C K c l u e s t o h e l p y o u w o r k o u t t h e s o l u t i o n . S i m i l a r l y , i f y o u t r y t h e Q U I C K c l u e s , u s e t h e C R Y P T I C c l u e s t o h e l p y o u p r o v e t h e s o l u t i o n S O L U T I O N A c r o s s : 7 L a m e c h , 8 H e e n a n , 9 A u g u s t u s , 1 0 T u n a , 1 1 S h e m , 1 3 S a d d u c e e , 1 4 H i g h g a t e , 1 8 E d d a , 2 0 C l a n , 2 1 P r o v e r b s , 2 3 Z o d i a c , 2 4 I t a l i c . D o w n : 1 B a r u c h , 2 J e h u , 3 T h e t i s , 4 C h a s e d , 5 G e r t r u d e , 6 C a n n a e , 1 2 M a h a n a i m , 1 5 I g l o o s , 1 6 A l p a c a , 1 7 E l o h i m , 1 9 D a b r i a , 2 2 E l a h .

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T h i s t o u r m a y b e s u i t a b l e f o r r e d u c e d m o b i l i t y p a s s e n g e r s . P l e a s e c a l l f o r d e t a i l s . B o o k w i t h 1 0 0 % c o n f i d e n c e , f l i g h t ­ i n c l u s i v e h o l i d a y s a r e A T O L o r A B T O T p r o t e c t e d , n o n f l i g h t ­ i n c l u s i v e h o l i d a y s a r e p r o t e c t e d b y A B T O T . D a t e s a n d p r i c e s a r e s u b j e c t t o a v a i l a b i l i t y . P r i c e s s h o w n a r e p e r p e r s o n , b a s e d o n 2 p e o p l e s h a r i n g . P r i c e s m a y c h a n g e p r i o r t o a n d a f t e r p u b l i c a t i o n . I t i n e r a r y m a y d i f f e r d e p e n d i n g o n t h e d e p a r t u r e d a t e y o u c h o o s e . T e r m s a n d c o n d i t i o n s a p p l y . P l e a s e c a l l f o r f u r t h e r d e t a i l s . C a l l s w i l l b e r e c o r d e d . 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G r e a t R a i l . c o m t o b o o k o r r e q u e s t y o u r f r e e b r o c h u r e Tou r c ode : B AE 8 D A Y S F R O M £ 2 , 5 9 5 A s o f 1 1 t h N o v e m b e r 2 0 1 9 • Neu s c hwanste i n a n d H ohen s c hwa n g au • Journe y o n t h e Z ugspitz e R ailwa y t o t h e s ummi t o f t h e Z ugspitze • Specia l d inne r i n O beramme r g a u d urin g t h e interva l o f t h e P assio n P l ay W H AT’ S I N C LUDED T OUR H I G H LI G H T S D E P A RTURES 8 D A Y S 2 0 2 0 1 2 J U L S O L D O U T 1 9 J U L S O L D O U T 2 A U G £ 2 , 7 9 5 9 A U G £ 2 , 7 4 5 6 S E P S O L D O U T 2 0 S E P £ 2 , 6 9 5 2 8 S E P £ 2 , 5 9 5 9 D A Y S * 2 0 2 0 2 1 A U G £ 2 , 7 9 5 2 8 A U G £ 2 , 7 9 5 1 1 S E P £ 2 , 7 9 5 • Full y e scorte d b y a U K T ou r M anage r f ro m s tar t to fi n ish • Al l r ai l t rave l t hroughout • 7 n i g h ts’ h otel a cco m m o d a ti o n i n c l u d ing 4 n ight s a t t h e 4 ­Sta r S chlosskron e i n F üsse n an d 1 n igh t a t a 5 ­Sta r h ote l i n o r a roun d O bera m m e r g a u • 1 2 m eal s i ncludin g 7 b r e akfast s a n d 5 d inners • To p c ategor y t icket s t o a p erformanc e o f t h e Obera m m e r g a u P as s i o n P l a y O n e o f m o s t i c o n i c P a s s i o n P l a y s i n t h e w o r l d , p e r f o r m e d o v e r o n e s u m m e r e v e r y d e c a d e , t h e O b e r a m m e r g a u P a s s i o n P l a y i s a m a g n i fi c e n t s i g h t t o b e h o l d . T a k e i n t h i s f a n t a s t i c s p e c t a c l e a l o n g w i t h t h e m y s t e r i o u s c a s t l e s a n d f o r b i d d e n f o r e s t s o f B a v a r i a . Day s 1 ­2 . L ondo n t o F üssen. W e m ee t a t o u r d edic a t e d D epartur e O  c e a t S t P ancras , w her e w e t rave l b y E urosta r t o Pari s i n S tandar d P remie r C lass . W e c ontinu e t o S tuttgar t b y F irs t Clas s r ai l w her e w e o vern i g ht . D a y 2 s ee s u s t rave l t o t h e p ictur e boo k v illa g e o f F üsse n o n G ermany’ s R omanti c R oad , w her e w e sta y f o r f ou r n i g hts . Da y 3 . T h e Z ugspitz e R ailway. T oda y w e e njo y a n e nthrallin g journe y o n t h e Z ugspitz e R ailwa y ( Standar d C lass ) w hic h m ake s th e j ourne y t o t h e s ummi t o f Z ugspitze , t h e h i g hes t m ountai n i n Germany . T rawlin g t hroug h p in e t ree s a n d f oothills , t h e d el i g htfu l carria g e s o  e r b re a t htakin g v iew s o f t h e Z ugspitz e m ountai n ran g e . T h e fi na l l e g s ee s u s t ak e a c abl e c a r t o t h e v er y t o p , w her e w e h av e f re e t ime . Day s 4 ­5 . N eusc h w anstei n a n d H ohensc h w anga u C astles. Ou r e xcursio n t oda y t ake s u s t o t h e g loriou s N euschwanstei n Castle . T hi s f antasti c f ortres s i s a s tunnin g s i g ht , a n d i s f amousl y th e i nspir a t io n f o r D isney’ s ‘ Sleepin g B eauty ’ c astle . W e a ls o v isi t th e d el i g htfu l h one y c oloure d c astl e o f H ohenschwanga u i n t h e prett y v illa g e o f t h e s am e n ame . D a y 5 i s a t l eisur e t o e njo y t h e charm s o f t h e q uintessentiall y B avaria n F üssen . Da y 6 . T h e O berammerga u P assio n P lay. T hi s m orning , w e trave l t o O berammerga u w her e w e c hec k i nt o o u r h otel . 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A l t h o u g h l i v i n g c o n d i t i o n s h a v e g r e a t l y c h a n g e d s i n c e O u r L o r d w a s b o r n 2 0 0 0 y e a r s a g o , o u r h u m a n s i t u a t i o n i s s i m i ­ l a r i n m a n y w a y s . O u r w o r l d i s m a r k e d b y c o n f l i c t a n d d i v i s i o n , y e t w e l o n g f o r a l l t h e n a t i o n s o f t h e w o r l d t o u n i t e p e a c e f u l l y . I s a i a h e x p r e s s e s t h i s h o p e , w h i c h w e b e l i e v e b e c o m e s p o s s i b l e w i t h t h e c o m i n g o f C h r i s t . O n t h e F i r s t S u n d a y o f A d v e n t ( 1 s t D e ­ c e m b e r ) , w e h e a r I s a i a h ’ s v i s i o n o f t h e J e r u s a l e m t e m p l e r a i s e d u p o n a h i g h h i l l , w i t h a l l t h e n a t i o n s o f t h e w o r l d g a t h e r i n g t o w o r s h i p t h e o n e t r u e G o d . F r o m J e r u s a l e m , G o d ’ s m e s s a g e o f l o v e a n d p e a c e w i l l s p r e a d o u t t o t h e w h o l e w o r l d . I n t h i s v i s i o n , t h e n a t i o n s w i l l c o n v e r t t h e i r m i l i t a r y w e a p o n s i n t o f a r m i m p l e m e n t s a n d w i l l a b a n d o n t h e i r p r e p a r a t i o n s f o r w a r . W e b e l i e v e t h a t C h r i s t ’ s c o m i n g m a k e s p o s s i b l e t h i s t r a n s f o r m a t i o n f r o m c o n ­ f l i c t t o p e a c e , b e c a u s e h e r e c o n c i l e s u s a l l . W e l o o k o n t h e b a b y l y i n g i n t h e m a n g e r , w h o s o f t e n s o u r h e a r t s f r o m v i ­ o l e n c e a n d p o i n t s u s t o o u r s h a r e d h u ­ m a n i t y t h a t u n i t e s u s a l l . W e h e a r I s a i a h ’ s p r o p h e c y o f a n e w k i n g o n t h e S e c o n d S u n d a y o f A d v e n t ( 8 t h D e c e m b e r ) . I n t o d a y ’ s w o r l d o f c o m p l e x p r o b l e m s , w e n e e d t h e w i s d o m o f t h i s d e s c e n d a n t o f D a v i d , t h i s o f f ­ s h o o t f r o m t h e s t u m p o f J e s s e . O n h i m w i l l r e s t G o d ’ s S p i r i t , b r i n g i n g g i f t s o f w i s d o m a n d u n d e r s t a n d i n g , c o u n s e l a n d f o r t i t u d e , k n o w l e d g e a n d f e a r o f t h e L o r d . B a b y J e s u s w i l l g r o w u p t o o f f e r u s G o d ’ s w i s d o m , l i v e d o u t w i t h f o r t i t u d e . B y d y i n g a n d r i s i n g a g a i n , h e w i l l e n a b l e u s t o r e c e i v e t h e H o l y S p i r i t w h o w i l l g i v e u s t h e s e g i f t s . D u r ­ i n g A d v e n t w e p r a y f o r t h e H o l y S p i r i t t o m a k e u s n e w . T h e I s a i a h r e a d i n g t h a t w e h e a r o n t h e T h i r d S u n d a y o f A d v e n t ( 1 5 t h D e c e m ­ b e r ) o f f e r s a w o n d e r f u l v i s i o n o f t h e d e s e r t b l o o m i n g w i t h w i l d f l o w e r s a n d G o d r e t u r n i n g t o h i s p e o p l e . A s a r e s u l t , t h e e y e s o f t h e b l i n d w i l l b e o p e n e d , a n d t h e l a m e w i l l l e a p l i k e a d e e r . I n o u r w o r l d o f t o d a y , m a n y p e o p l e l o n g f o r h e a l t h o f m i n d o r b o d y . W h e n C h r i s t c a m e t o t h i s e a r t h , h e c u r e d t h e p h y s i ­ c a l l y b l i n d a n d t h e l a m e . H e a l s o h e a l e d t h o s e b l i n d e d f r o m s e e i n g G o d o r f r o m r e c o g n i z i n g t h e i r n e i g h b o u r . H e r e s t o r e d s p i r i t u a l s t r e n g t h t o t h o s e i n c a p a c i t a t e d b y s i n s c o m m i t t e d o r h u r t s r e c e i v e d . O u r L o r d s t i l l h a s t h e p o w e r t o h e a l u s t o d a y i n b o d y , m i n d o r s p i r i t , i f w e t u r n t o h i m . F i n a l l y , o n t h e F o u r t h S u n d a y o f A d v e n t ( 2 2 n d D e c e m b e r ) , w e h e a r I s a i a h ’ s p r o p h e c y o f a r o y a l b a b y w h o w i l l h a v e t h e n a m e o f E m m a n u e l , “ G o d w i t h u s . ” I n t h e p r o p h e t ’ s o w n t i m e , t h e p e o p l e o f J e r u s a l e m f a c e d a c r i s i s o f l e a d e r s h i p . M a n y l o n g e d f o r a n e w k i n g t o g u i d e t h e m w i s e l y i n t o t h e w a y o f p e a c e . I s a i a h p r o m i s e d t h a t a m a i d e n w o u l d g i v e b i r t h t o a c h i l d , w h o w o u l d b e a s i g n o f G o d ’ s p r e s e n c e w i t h h i s p e o p l e . I n i t s o r i g i n a l c o n t e x t , t h e p r o p h e c y p r o b a b l y r e f e r r e d t o K i n g H e z e k i a h , w h o b e c a m e a w i s e a n d s t r o n g k i n g f o r t h e p e o p l e o f J e r u s a l e m . B u t i n M a t t h e w ’ s G o s p e l , t h e f u l f i l m e n t o f t h e p r o p h e c y g o e s b e y o n d h u m a n e x p e c t a t i o n , b e c a u s e i t i s a v i r g i n , M a r y h e r s e l f , w h o w i l l g i v e b i r t h t o t h e S a v i o u r . H e r c h i l d w i l l b e m o r e t h a n a s i g n o f G o d ’ s p r e s e n c e w i t h u s — h e w i l l b e G o d ’ s o w n S o n l i v i n g o n e a r t h . T h e r o y a l c h i l d t o b e b o r n w i l l b e n o t m e r e l y a h u m a n l i k e u s . H e w i l l r e c e i v e t h e n a m e E m m a n u e l , m e a n i n g “ G o d w i t h u s . ” W h e r e a s G o d w a s w i t h t h e p e o p l e o f I s r a e l i n t h e J e r u s a l e m t e m ­ p l e , h e n o w c o m e s a m o n g u s i n a s m a l l b a b y . A s S t J o h n r e m i n d s u s : “ T h e W o r d w a s m a d e f l e s h a n d d w e l t a m o n g u s . ” I n t o d a y ’ s t u m u l t u o u s w o r d , w e l o n g f o r p e a c e a n d w i s d o m , f o r h e a l i n g a n d g o o d l e a d e r s h i p . C h r i s t c a n g i v e u s t h e s e g i f t s t h r o u g h h i s c o m i n g a m o n g u s . U l t i m a t e l y , h e c a n l e a d u s f r o m t h e w e a k n e s s o f o u r e a r t h l y l i v e s t o t h e g l o r y o f h e a v e n . A n d s o , o u r A d v e n t p r a y e r i s s i m p l e : “ C o m e L o r d J e s u s , c o m e a n d s a v e u s . ” [ F o r b a c k g r o u n d n o t e s o n t h e s c r i p ­ t u r e r e a d i n g s s e e w w w . t a r s u s . i e ]

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